This dish is great served with my Lamb Tagine and Cucumber Raita also on this site.

Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place a large, heavy bottomed pot over medium heat. Stir in the cumin, ginger, cloves, cayenne, cardamom, coriander, and allspice; gently toast until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in oil and onion, cook until softened. Stir in the bell pepper, and zucchini; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the raisins, salt, zest, and garbanzos.

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  • Pour in the chicken broth and orange juice; turn heat to high and bring to a boil. When the mixture is boiling, stir in the couscous and remove from heat; cover, and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork, and fold in chopped mint.

Nutrition Facts

246 calories; protein 8.4g 17% DV; carbohydrates 48.1g 16% DV; fat 2.6g 4% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 263.3mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2007
Wonderful! Sure to impress your guests at a dinner party - looks quite impressive once served. Don't omit the chopped mint it is the perfect finishing touch to this couscous! Great melange of flavors textures and colors. The exotic combination of spices is a true feast for the sophisticated palate. This was a huge hit with my boyfriend (a very picky eater) and my best friend loved this too and she once lived in Morocco! A success! Read More
(46)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2006
We didn't care for this. We liked the spices used but the flavor of orange was too strong and the vegetables could be cooked longer before adding the couscous but that could just be personal preference. Read More
(9)
149 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 97
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/23/2007
Wonderful! Sure to impress your guests at a dinner party - looks quite impressive once served. Don't omit the chopped mint it is the perfect finishing touch to this couscous! Great melange of flavors textures and colors. The exotic combination of spices is a true feast for the sophisticated palate. This was a huge hit with my boyfriend (a very picky eater) and my best friend loved this too and she once lived in Morocco! A success! Read More
(46)
Rating: 4 stars
02/24/2008
This was very good with the rest of the moroccan dinner I was serving - it went over very well. If you happen to be able to get your hands on ras al hanout season blend you don't have to worry around with all the different spices - just use a tablespoon of that and then add the ginger. Places like Cost Plus carry it really cheap! Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2008
This dish is delicious and very quick to prepare. I am vegetarian so I replaced the chicken broth by adding the juice drained from the garbanzos to enough water to make 1 1/2 cups liquid and adding some vegetarian chicken style seasoning. I also added 1 tsp. curry powder 1/8 tsp. garlic and increase the allspice to 1/2 tsp. since I did not have the cardamom or coriander on hand. Instead of orange juice I use water with 1-2 tablespoons of fresh lemon or lime juice and leave out the orange zest. I did not think I would like the raisins in this but they added a nice bit of sweetness and blend nicely with the flavors of the recipe. Read More
(24)
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Rating: 5 stars
03/29/2008
Im only a teen and i cooked this up for my family. It was absolutely delicious and everyone was very impressed.It has a spicy unique flavour to it which made it so addicting. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2008
The spices were good but I needed to add a little balsamic for additional flavour. Read More
(10)
Rating: 2 stars
05/14/2006
We didn't care for this. We liked the spices used but the flavor of orange was too strong and the vegetables could be cooked longer before adding the couscous but that could just be personal preference. Read More
(9)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
Very good recipe. Next time I would decrease the broth and couscous to 1 cup each though - i thought there was a little too much of the couscous compared to the veggies. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2006
I LOVED this but my boyfriend didn't care for the orange. I thought all the flavors blended perfectly and were surprisingly subtle. I loved the contrasting textures of the creamy garbanzos and the crisp veggies plus the occasional sweet bite of raisin. I used fresh ginger (which I added with the beans) and vegetable broth and I caramelized the onions (after toasting the spices I removed them and then added them back in with the peppers and zucchini). This is definitely a keeper for me as is but I'll try it with 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice a bit of honey and some lemon zest and I'll adjust the broth accordingly and see if my boyfriend likes it that way (although I don't think the lemon will go as well with the flavors of the spices). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/12/2006
This was a great flavorful dish! I didn't have allspice or cardomon and I substituted a videlia onion for a red onion but it was still delicious and pretty easy to make! Make sure you add the fresh mint for extra flavor. It made a huge difference! Enjoy! Read More
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